Reader Question: "What are your best tips for stress-free holiday travel?"
Gail Ueberroth says:
First, plan ahead and keep it simple. If possible, start packing two weeks in advance, and keep bags open in a quiet area so you can quickly add new items as they come to mind. If your window for preparation is smaller, set one day aside to focus on packing daily necessities that are most often forgotten, such as prescriptions, sun glasses, and toothbrushes.
Next, pack some travel toys. Find toys that travel well and that your children will love. This keeps the little ones entertained, making things easier for everyone. Bookstores and boutique toy stores can provide you with excellent recommendations.
On travel day, remember to have everyone dress in layers. Remember that airplanes are often cold and blankets are not always available. If you're traveling by car, not everyone will be comfortable at the same temperature. Layers help keep everyone at their personal ideal for comfort. And don’t forget to pack the bathing suits – you will be surprised when swimming is possible and you don’t want to miss an opportunity.
Lastly, it’s important to remember that we are real families, not subjects in a Norman Rockwell painting. So when things don’t go smoothly, take a deep breath and remember: It’s the crazy times that are the most memorable and that will provide the most laughter.
Gail Ueberroth is a devoted grandmother who is passionate about multi-generational travel. She is CMO and Vice-Chair of Preferred Hotel Group, which she owns with her husband, John. The company has a global reach that includes more than 85 countries, with hotels and resorts that are dedicated to providing exceptional family travel experiences in the world’s greatest destinations.
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